Community Service Is Key

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Helping those in need is a serious priority for most students at Hampton Bays High School, but now, in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, assisting others has become a schoolwide imperative.

“It seems that every student at the high school has pitched in to help in one way or another in the past month,” said senior and Key Club President Yoliana Gonzalez. Beginning the week after the hurricane, various groups began pulling together to set up food and clothing drives as well as to collect school supplies and toiletry items.

Journalism students and the staff of the Hampton Bays High School newspaper, The Tide, have sponsored a “Backpacks for Sandy” drive to collect school supplies for the children of the Waterside School for Leadership in Rockaway Park. Ronald McDonald Kids Stock the House club members Daniela Gutierrez and Kim Castro have organized a food drive and have already collected more than 2,000 cans of nonperishable items. They also helped cook food for the needy this past month. Members of the Key Club donated a truckload of coats, jackets and clothing to St. Rosalie’s Roman Catholic Church in Hampton Bays. They also recently participated in a leaf-raking day to help senior citizens, spending a Saturday afternoon doing yard work and socializing with Hampton Bays-based elderly. 

“Everyone has contributed in some way,” Yoliana said, adding that each of the groups will continue their efforts to help the needy throughout the school year. “Our motto is, ‘Caring is a way of life.’ Anything the community needs, we’re there.”